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    Making Big Decisions

    In the Exercises, Ignatius describes a mode of discernment for making bigger decisions, traditionally called the election (SE 169–89). Making an election relies on...
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    More Music or More Noise?

    “Do you wanna hear my song, Daddy? I’ve been practicing all year.” I eyed my five-year-old daughter suspiciously. With brown eyes, wide and earnest, she...
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    Carrying the Cancer Cross

    During a Mass for the Anointing of the Sick, the priest referred to the famous Caravaggio painting The Calling of St. Matthew. In it,...
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    The Present Moment

    “Blessed are those who live in the present moment, for they shall see God in all things.” If I had been around when the Beatitudes...
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    The Moment I Became a Mom

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here,...
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    The Missing Shoe: Deepening God’s Life in Me

    “Where is my stupid shoe?” I shouted at my bewildered husband. That question burst out of my mouth far more loudly than intended on a...
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    Listening for God in Consolation

    Discernment involves paying attention to the movements of the spirits so that we can continue moving towards our destination—the direction God is inviting us...
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    Listening for God Through All God’s Gifts

    This morning I prayed the Examen, reviewing the last 24 hours with God’s help. As I jotted notes in my journal on what arose...
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    The Prayer of Consideration

    Jesus used the familiar world around him to teach people about God. He invited people to consider the sparrows (Matthew 6:26), or the mustard...
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    Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

    When I sat down earlier this month to think about my New Year’s resolutions, I wrote three columns: Mind, Body, and Spirit. As I...